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News & Articles - Auction & Retail Online Selling - 2015

Current News - News and articles for retail and other online selling, such as auction and classified sales.

This website is for learning and sharing information about online selling. This is not a newsletter or news magazine, rather a source for how to find selling information and how to meet other online sellers. This page is a collection of links to news stories and articles, sifted through from various sources to find what might be of most interest to online sellers.

Current 2016 - For Archived Years: Archive 2012 -- Archive 2013 -- Archive 2014 -- Archive 2015

Due to the large volume of information, eBay Seller News and Amazon News are on separate pages.

New & Articles 2015


Internet Retailer - 12-31-15 - Tapping into convenience. Alcohol is one product that’s been relatively untouched by e-commerce. But that’s changing as startups and Amazon seek to make it easy for shoppers to get alcohol delivered fast.

eCommerceBytes - 12-17-2015 - Amazon Is Winning in Ecommerce, Does eBay Pose a Threat?

eCommerceBytes - 12-18-2015 - eBay Promotes Hoverboards as USPS Restricts Shipping.
eCommerceBytes - 12-15-2015
- Avoid a Hoverboard Meltdown when Sourcing Inventory.
eCommerceBytes - 12-14-2015 - Will Amazon Hoverboard Crackdown Be a Boon to eBay?

Internet Retailer - 12-11-15 - Marketplace sellers fare well on Amazon in November, and even better on other shopping portals.

eCommerceBytes - 12-08-2015 - How Smaller Merchants Are Performing This Holiday.

eCommerceBytes - 12-04-2015 - Is eBay Airstream Coming to Your City?

eCommerceBytes - 12-04-2015 - eBay Signs Deal to Help Chinese Import to US.

Forbes - 12-04-2015 - Why Alibaba's Massive Counterfeit Problem Will Never Be Solved.

eCommerceBytes - 11-28-2015 - Shop Til You Drop: Small Business Saturday.

eCommerceBytes - 11-08-2015 - From the Editor. Overview of recent online selling news.

eCommerceBytes - 11-05-2015 - eBay Sellers: Beware of Different Ship-to Address.
I had no idea. What will scammers think of next.

eCommerceBytes - 11-04-2015 - Amazon Launches Black Friday Deals This Week.

eCommerceBytes - 11-03-2015 - eBay Launches Holiday Marketing Campaign.

eCommerceBytes - 11-02-2015 - Amazon Sheds Two More Seller Services.

eCommerceBytes - 10-09-2015 - Ecommerce News Roundup for Online Sellers.

RetailWire - 10-09-2015 - Amazon looks to out-Etsy Etsy.

eCommerceBytes - 10-05-2015 - Yahoo Stores Reveals Its Busiest Holiday Shopping Days. (2014)
Nov 28 Black Friday -- Nov 30 Sunday
Dec 1 Cyber Monday -- Dec 2 Tuesday
Dec 8 Monday -- Dec 9 Tuesday -- Dec 10 Wednesday -- Dec 11 Thursday
Dec 15 Monday -- Dec 16 Tuesday

eCommerceBytes - 10-01-2015 - Study Finds Amazon Pricing Is Tough to Beat.

WebRetailer - 09-30-2015 - OpenSky Investing in Vendio, Auctiva, and Singlefeed.

eCommerceBytes - 07-23-2015 - Terapeak Integrates Alibaba into Its Merchant Research Tool.

eCommerceBytes - 07-07-2015 - Yelp Platform Turns Boutiques into Online Shoptiques.

eCommerceBytes - 07-06-2015 - Do Online Sellers Have a Right to Privacy? Some Say No.

eCommerceBytes - 06-30-2015 - Google Skews Search to Detriment of Buyers and Sellers.

eCommerceBytes - 06-23-2015 - Alibaba Sells eBay Selling Tools and US Marketplace.

eCommerceBytes - 06-24-2015 - eBay and Amazon Change Stance on Confederate Flag Merchandise.
Internet Retailer - 06-23-15 -
Confederate flag sales won’t fly at Amazon.
PCMag - 06-23-2015 - Amazon Pulls Confederate Flag Merchandise.
(This is not an opinion of this website, these are articles to alert sellers of a policy change.)

eCommerceBytes - 05-21-2015 - Alibaba Works to Make Sourcing from China Safer.

Internet Retailer - 05-19-15 - PayPal spends $25 million to settle Bill Me Later claims.

eCommerceBytes - 05-18-2015 - WorthPoint Sells GoAntiques Online Marketplace to Gemr.

eCommerceBytes - 05-10-2015 - From the Editor - May 10, 2015. (eBay, Amazon, and Etsy related.)

Internet Retailer - 05-01-15 - Will click for food: 55% of consumers favor buying groceries online.

Internet Retailer - 05-01-15 - Amazon’s Bezos steps closer to selling space travel.

eCommerceBytes - 04-28-2015 - Ruby Lane to Add Merchant Ratings to Shop Pages.

eCommerceBytes - 04-16-2015 - Shopify IPO Filing Shows the Risks and Rewards in Ecommerce.

WSJ - 04-09-2015 - The Web’s Most Maniacal Bargain Hunters.

RetailWire - 04-08-2015 - eBay's loss is Amazon Marketplace's gain.

Internet Retailer - 04-08-15 - Amazon woos eBay’s once-loyal merchants with faster sales growth.

eCommerceBytes - 04-08-2015 - eBay Sellers Move More Business to Amazon.

eCommerceBytes - 04-02-2015 - eCrater Launches Shipping Enhancements.

eCommerceBytes - 02-23-2015 - PayPal Researchers Say Buyer Fraud Is Common.

eCommerceBytes - 02-10-2015 - Yahoo Casts Off Ecommerce Business.

eCommerceBytes - 02-09-2015 - Etsy, Amazon, and Bonanza Win 2015 Sellers Choice Awards. Quote: "An incredible 12,000 sellers rated 12 marketplaces in this year's Sellers Choice Awards." Includes ecommerce sites such as eBay, and social media sites, such as Facebook. Links to the results for all 12 ecommerce site that were in the survey.

eCommerceBytes - 02-02-2015 - Google Changes Trusted Store Program.

eCommerceBytes - 01-26-2015 - Study: Merchants Unaware of Dim Weight Shipping Rates.

WSJ - 01-14-2015 - Sellers Need Amazon, but at What Cost?

eCommerceBytes - 01-02-2015 - Atomic Mall Adopts Dwolla for Low-Cost Payment Processing.

(2014 is still on this page as well as on the archived page as well as the 2014 page.)


eCommerceBytes - 12-22-14 - Nominations Open for 2015 Sellers Choice Marketplace Awards.
Take a minute to vote and share your opinions.

eCommerceBytes - 12-22-14 - Beware of Selling Toy Guns as NY Cracks Down on Amazon, Retailers.
RetailWire - 11-21-14 - Empty-Nester Boomers surprisingly tech-savvy.
eCommerceBytes - 11-18-14 - eBay Launches Close 5 Mobile App. Quote: "eBay Classifieds Group launched a new free app available in San Jose and San Diego on Monday that works with iOS and Android devices."
eCommerceBytes - 11-12-14 - ThredUP Offers to Sell Your Handbag for Zero Commission.
eCommerceBytes - 10-07-14 - ArtFire Draws Up Higher Fees for New Sellers.

eBay Announcement - 9-30-14 - eBay & PayPal to Become Independent Companies in 2015.

eCommerceBytes - 10-05-14 - Ramifications of the eBay PayPal Breakup for Sellers.
Internet Retailer - 09-30-14 - PayPal will separate from eBay.
ChannelAdvisor - 09-30-14 - What the EBay and PayPal Breakup Means for E-Commerce.

eCommerceBytes - 10-21-14 - Alibaba's 11 Main Promotion to Cover Sellers' Shipping Costs.
RetailWire - 09-24-14 -
Will Americans give up Amazon for Alibaba?
Internet Retailer - 09-16-14 - Will Alibaba disrupt U.S. e-commerce?
Market Watch - 09-15-14 - 5 pretty amazing facts about Alibaba.
eCommerceBytes - 09-15-14 - Bonanza Launches Store Platform for Online Sellers.
ChannelAdvisor - 09-19-14 - What You Need to Know About the Chinese Consumer: (Alibaba/IPO)
Market Watch - 09-15-14 -
5 pretty amazing facts about Alibaba.
Internet Retailer - 09-15-14 -
Alibaba bids for a record IPO.
eCommerceBytes - 08-25-14 - Bonanza Leaves Door Open to Auctions.
eCommerceBytes - 08-18-14 - Good News-Bad News: Priority Mail Rates Change Next Month.
eCommerceBytes - 08-15-14 - Yahoo Launches Next-Generation Stores Platform.
eCommerceBytes - 08-04-14 - Bonanza to Use eBay's Braintree to Add Direct Checkout.
UPS - July 2014 - Share your shipping story – and you might win a $50 Visa gift card. (Deadline July 31, 2014)
eCommerceBytes - 06-18-14 - Etsy Works to Improve Shipping Labels for Sellers.
DFW Rocks Social Media Day - Early registration deadline, March 31, 2014. - North Texas Event June 29-30.
36 Expert Speakers 30+ Opportunities to Learn Networking w/ 250+ Attendees Door Prizes Galore.
VentureBeat - 06-13-14 - Department of Labor investigates another worker’s death at Amazon facility.

Despite reports, upon going to the 11 Main site I found it still not open to buyers. (As of 06-11-2014.)
Interested in opening a shop at 11 Main? Learn more. An invitation-only marketplace.
11 Main - WE'RE OPENING SOON - Our shop owners are currently unpacking and getting settled.
Want to start shopping early? (There is a place to enter your email address.)

11 Main - Press Release.
Yahoo! News - 06-11-14 -
Alibaba's first US presence 11 Main debuts.
The Wall Street Journal - 06-11-14 - Alibaba Launches U.S. Shopping Site 11 Main.
Intern Retailer 06-11-14 - Alibaba launches 11main.com in the U.S.
et Business Standard - 06-11-14 - Alibaba launches US shopping website: report.
ABCNews - 06-11-14 - Alibaba's First US Presence 11 Main Debuts.

eCommerceBytes - 06-09-14 - Sellers Choice Awards: Rate Online Payments and Ecommerce Services.
Readers rated online marketplaces in January as part of the fifth annual Sellers Choice Awards for Marketplaces, now it's time for sellers to rate Online Payments Services, Storefronts & Shopping Carts and Inventory Listing and Management Tools. Sellers Choice Awards survey in SurveyMonkey.
eCommerceBytes - 06-05-14 - Etsy Blames eBay Hack for Sudden Rise in Account Hijackings.
eCommerceBytes - 05-21-14 - Alibaba's 11 Main Marketplace Ramps Up Advertising on Google, Bing.
eCommerceBytes - 05-15-14 - Etsy Sellers Can Now Measure Mobile Traffic.
Internet Retailer - 05-13-2014 - Sellers grow faster on Amazon than eBay and Google.
Internet Retailer - 05-12-2014 - U.S. online retail sales will grow 57% by 2018.
eCommerceBytes - 05-07-14 - eBid Auction Site Readies Immediate Pay and Other Features.
eCommerceBytes - 05-07-14 - Bonanza Integrates with ShipStation to Help Sellers Streamline Shipping.
eCommerceBytes - 04-25-14 - Etsy Launches iPhone App for Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 04-25-14 - Etsy Acquires Grand St.
eCommerceBytes - 04-24-14 - Etsy Gets Sellers' Goods onto Retail-Store Shelves.
eCommerceBytes - 04-22-14 - Online Marketplace Bonanza Launches Improved Item Variations.
eCommerceBytes - 04-16-14 - Etsy Goes B2B with Wholesale Initiative.
Internet Retailer - 04-11-2014 - Retailers scramble to plug Heartbleed.
Mashable - 04-09-2014 - The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now.
eCommerceBytes - 04-08-14 - Etsy Launches New Homepage after Months of Testing.
eCommerceBytes - 04-01-14 - Etsy CEO on 3D Printer Plans: Sewing Patterns of the Future.
eCommerceBytes - 03-25-14 - Testing, Testing: Etsy Personalizes Homepage.
eCommerceBytes - 03-21-14 - Poshmark and USPS Fashion an Exclusive Shipping Deal.
Internet Retailer - 03-14-14 - BloggerPricing games: four lessons learned from holiday pricing strategies.
eCommerceBytes - 03-13-14 - Google and eBay Tell Merchants to Pay Attention to Product Identifiers.
Internet Retailer - 03-11-14 - A shorter route to China.
eCommerceBytes - 03-10-14 - In Lieu of Shipping Calculator, Etsy Offers Postage Lookup.
Auctiva - 03-07-2014 - We've partnered with Alibaba to give you a sneak peek at 100,000 deals up to 90% off wholesale! Alibaba's 24-hour Sale is March 12. (Note: Alibaba does have US wholesalers, but don't know if they are searchable or part of the sale.)
eCommerceBytes - 03-02-14 - Etsy Merchants React to Possible Shop Redesign.
eCommerceBytes - 02-26-14 - Alibris Technical Issues Plague Online Booksellers
eCommerceBytes - 02-25-14 - Etsy Tests Seller Shop Redesign.
eCommerceBytes - 02-24-14 - Amazon Lets Visitors 'Shop Now' on Sites Across the Web.
eCommerceBytes - 02-21-14 - Etsy Offers Shoppers Customized Recommendations.
Internet Retailer - 02-21-14 - ‘Pre-owned’ sales online require retailers to reassure consumers.
PCMag - 02-18-2014 - Toy Fair 2014 in Pictures: LEGOs, Power Rangers, and More.
eCommerceBytes - 02-13-14 - Volusion Merchants Can Now Accept Payments via Stripe.

Internet Retailer - 02-11-14 - Alibaba’s subsidiaries plan to launch a U.S.-based online marketplace.
The new site, 11Main.com is still a work in progress... Alibaba’s two U.S.-based subsidiaries, Auctiva and Vendio, which the Chinese e-commerce giant acquired in 2010, will manage the site.
eCommerceBytes - 02-10-14 - Alibaba Close to Launching eBay-Style Marketplace in US.

eCommerceBytes - 02-06-14 - The Vintage Village Hosts Two-day Online Yard Sale.
Sell for *FREE* during this two day event! If you are a seller and are new to our Village, this will be a perfect chance to experience what we do and meet a community of almost 4,000 people who all share a love of vintage and collectibles.

Internet Retailer - 02-06-14 - Mobile devices account for nearly a third of web traffic.
Internet Retailer - 02-03-14 - A major new phenomenon in e-retail: Customers who only use mobile.

Internet Retailer - 02-04-14 - Russia simplifies customs clearance, but the news isn’t all good for e-retailers.
eCommerceBytes - 02-04-14 - Etsy Sellers Can Look Forward to More Tools.
eCommerceBytes - 02-03-14 - Webstore.com surpasses 1 million active items.
eCommerceBytes - 02-02-14 - Sellers Choice 2014: Merchants Rate Top Online Marketplaces.
Scroll down on their page to see individual online marketplace ratings.
Internet Retailer - 01-30-14 - UPS admits it was unprepared for the late surge in online holiday shopping.
eCommerceBytes - 01-29-14 - Is It Profitable to Sell Low Priced Goods on eBay and Amazon?
eCommerceBytes - 01-28-14 - Etsy Clarifies Guidelines on Outside Manufacturing.
eCommerceBytes - 01-28-14 - Bonanza Opens Marketplace to Digital Content.
Online marketplace Bonanza.com launched a new digital downloads feature for its Platinum Pro members.
eCommerceBytes - 01-27-14 - Will Adding Purchase Protection Boost Sales on Bonanza?
CNet - 01-24-14 - Apple looking to build mobile-payments service, report says.

eCommerceBytes - 01-21-14 - She's 50 and Controls Most U.S. Wealth - But Is She Your Customer?
"It's a very desirable demographic," LivingBetter50's Carol Doyel said. "Women aged 50-plus in the US control about three-quarters of the wealth - they may not own it, but they make the decisions and manage that wealth."

eCommerceBytes - 01-17-14 - Etsy to Retire Search Option and Seller Pricing Tool.
eCommerceBytes - 01-15-14 - Etsy Accepting Applications for Team Fellowships.
eCommerceBytes - 01-14-14 - Etsy Clarifies Offsite Linking Policies.
eCommerceBytes - 01-10-14 - What Marketplace Sellers Want - A Bonanza Wish List.
eCommerceBytes - 01-09-14 - Four Categories Show the Biggest Potential for Small Merchants.
eCommerceBytes - 01-09-14 - Bonanza Makes Image-Cleanup Tool Free for Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 01-08-14 - Online Selling Trends 2014: Standing Out in the Crowd.
eCommerceBytes - 01-07-14 - Etsy Sellers Deal with Taxpayer ID Demands.
Internet Retailer - 01-06-14 - Small retailers outflank the big boys with social media prowess.
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